School of Education

Teacher Education Admission Process

The Teacher Education admission process is required for students enrolled in undergraduate teacher preparation programs at St. Cloud State University. This process serves as a checkpoint to see that candidates are on track to meet program requirements and assists St. Cloud State University in meeting accreditation requirements.

Please note that the Teacher Education admission process does not apply to students enrolled in graduate programs. 

Step One: Apply to a Teacher Education Major

Where: Academic Departments

When: Varies by Program

  • After meeting prerequisites
  • Typically fourth or fifth semester

Requirements vary by program and may include:

  • GPA
  • Meeting Basic Skills Testing Requirements
  • Writing Sample
  • Interview

Applicants must be admitted to a major program of study in order to be considered for admission to Teacher Education. Teacher candidates should see their major advisor or major department office for specific deadlines and requirements. 

Additional information about major programs is available in the St. Cloud State University Undergraduate Catalog:


Step Two: Apply to Teacher Education

Where: Applications are available in the School of Education Dean’s Office (Education Building, A110)

When: After being admitted to major program of study

  1. The applicant must be admitted to an education major. 
  2. The applicant must meet Minnesota Basic Skills Testing Requirements (see the Minnesota Board of Teaching website for details on eligible exams and passing scores). 
  3. The applicant must have earned an overall grade point average of 2.75 or greater (on a 4-point scale) in all course work completed at St. Cloud State University. 
  4. The applicant must have earned a grade of C or better (not C-) in a designated Introduction to Education course (currently ED 200, SPED 200, CFS 200 and ED 300) or approved equivalent transfer course. 
  5. The applicant must have completed the Teacher Education Orientation. This orientation takes place during the Introduction to Education course. Students who transfer in an equivalent course should contact the School of Education Dean’s Office ( for instructions on completing this orientation requirement. 

Admission to Teacher Education is required for student teaching eligibility. For more information on student teaching eligibility, visit the Office of Clinical Experiences